WASHINGTON D.C. — (06-25-22) — The White House condemned the terrorist attack that took place at the London Pub Gay bar early Saturday in Oslo, Norway. The attack took place just hours before the Capital City’s PRIDE Parade was scheduled to take place.
“The horrific shooting in Norway this morning has been felt around the world. The United States strongly condemns this act of terror. We stand in solidarity with the families of the victims, the diverse and strong LGBTQI+ community of Oslo, our close NATO ally Norway, and all who have been devastated by this senseless act,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement.
Sullivan added that the United States had offered its assistance to the Norwegian government following the attack.
King Harald, Norway’s monarch, said he and his family were “horrified” by the violence. He said “we must stand together” to defend “freedom, diversity and respect for each other”.
Earlier on Saturday, two people were left dead and a number of others wounded after a Iranian-Norwegian gunman opened fire close to London Pub, a gay bar in Oslo. The shooting took place just hours ahead of a Pride parade slated to happen in the capital on Saturday.
Authorities later confirmed to JRL CHARTS LGBT Politics News that of the 21 injured, 10 were in a serious condition.
The 42-year-old gunman has not been identified as of this report. He faces multiple charges, including terrorist acts, murder and attempted murder.
Police also said that the attack is being probed as both a hate crime and an act of terrorism.
Oslo PRIDE said the parade was canceled and urged people to not show up. Multiple news outlets reported that the capital later saw people marching through the streets in support for the victims. Other politicians around the world offered their condolences.
“My condolences go to the victims and to their relatives, to the injured and to the Norwegian people. We stand stronger against hatred if we stand together,” tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron, claiming the suspect was an “Islamic terrorist.”
“London stands with Oslo. Our thoughts and solidarity are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this horrific attack, hours before Oslo’s #PRIDE was due to take place. #LoveIsLove and hate will never win,” tweeted London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that she was “shocked by the heinous attack on innocent people”, while French President Emmanuel Macron said: “We stand stronger against hate if we stand together.”
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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